Gerald Dessus

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Teacher of Social Justice at Mastery Charter Middle School, Shoemaker Campus

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gerald Dessus is a middle school teacher of social justice at Mastery Charter School–Shoemaker Campus in West Philadelphia. Having grown up in Philadelphia, he understands the importance of his eighth-grade students learning not only their history but also what it means to take action in the community.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and received his master’s of education from the University of Kansas.

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

VIDEO: This Black Male Educator Teaches a Social Justice Class to Middle Schoolers in West Philly

Someone once asked me, “Why teach social justice to eighth-graders?” The answer is simple: As educators, we do not control the world our students face when they step outside of our classrooms. However, we are responsible for how prepared our students are to engage with that world.…

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